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Konstantina-Eleni Michelaki

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Dr. Michelaki studied archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece (1991). She earned her MA in 1993 and her PhD in 1999, both in Anthropology, from the University of Michigan. In 2003 she joined the Anthropology Department at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), where she created and directed the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research on Archaeological Ceramics, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

personal website: www.kostalenamichelaki.com

 

Dr. Michelaki joined the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the Fall of 2010. She is currently focusing on the exploration of ceramic technologies in southern Italy from the Neolithic to the Classical Greek period, as part of the Bova Marina Archaeological Project. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Major Research Grant and Research Development Initiatives).

Research Interests

Kostalena Michelaki is an anthropological archaeologist whose primary research focuses on the exploration of human technological decision-making, through the interdisciplinary analysis of archaeological ceramics. Her fieldwork combines archaeological excavations, raw materials surveys, and experimental projects in Hungary, southern Italy and, in the near future Ontario, Canada, to examine ceramic technological systems through time and space. Her laboratory work integrates a wide range of analytical techniques from geology, materials science, and nuclear chemistry, such as petrographic analysis, X-Ray Diffraction, Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis, and Scanning Electron Microscopy through collaborations with archaeometrists, geologists and materials scientists. She employes these techniques to examine in detail the choices ancient potters made throughout the complete ceramic operational sequence, from the selection and preparation of raw materials, to the forming, finishing, firing, use, and discard of pots. She uses social theory to interpret technology as a complex phenomenon that is equally social and technical, dependent on historical, traditional, and ideological factors as much as on raw materials and their mechanical and functional properties. Technological data allow her to explore questions such as the relation of past communities with their landscape, economic and social relations between communities, as well as the ways in which people make themselves through their daily interactions with other people, objects and materials.

Publications
  • K. Michelaki and R.G.V. Hancock. Reassessment of elemental concentration data of sediments from the western delta of the Nile River. Open Journal of Archaeometry (2013).
  • K. Michelaki, R.G.V. Hancock and M. Hughes. On finding diagnostic elements to establish ceramic chemical groups. Open Journal of Archaeometry (2013).
  • K. Michelaki, R.G.V. Hancock, and G. Braun. Using Provenance Data to Assess Archaeological Landscapes: An Example from Calabria, Italy. Journal of Archaeological Science (2012).
  • K. Michelaki, R.G.V. Hancock, G. Warrick, and D.H, Knight. 17th century uron village life: insights from the copper-based metals of the Ball site, southern Ontario, Canada. Journal of Archaeological Science (2012).
  • J. Robb and K. Michelaki. Agency, Skill, and Creativity: Pottery Decoration in Neolithic Southern Italy. Excavating the Mind: Cross-Sections Through Culture, Cognition and Materiality (2012).
  • K. Michelaki and R.G.V. Hancock. Chemistry Versus Data Dispersion: Is There a Better Way to Assess and Interpret Archaeometrical Data?. Archaeometry (2011).
  • K. Michelaki, G.V. Braun and R.G.V. Hancock. Local Clay Sources as Histories of Human-Landscape Interactions: A Ceramic Taskscape Perspective. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (0).
Research Activity
  • Michelaki,Konstantina-Eleni*. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: the Social Dynamics of Coalescence. NSF-SBE-BCS(8/1/2015 - 7/31/2016).
  • Michelaki,Konstantina-Eleni*. Collaborative Research: Testing and Refining Ceramic Rehydroxylation Dating. NSF-SBE(8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015).
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 300Food and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 579Proposal Writing
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 403Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASM 414Urban and Environmental Health
ASB 443Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
SSH 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 300Food and Culture
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 579Proposal Writing
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 525Intro to Material Culture
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 525Intro to Material Culture
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • K. Michelaki and S. Lopez Varela. Ceramic Ecology XXVIII: Current Advances in Ceramic Research. American Anthropological Association (Dec 2014).
  • K. Michelaki. Integrated approaches to ceramic analysis and methodology: The way forward. New Perspectives on Ancient Pottery Conference (Dec 2014).
  • K. Michelaki and S. Lopez Varela. Ceramic Ecology XXVII: Honoring Charles C. Kolb. American Anthropological Association (Nov 2014).
  • R.G.V. Hancock, J.F. Moreau, K. Michelaki, and W. Fox. On the distribution of European copper artifacts in Northeastern North America. International Symposium on Archaeometry (May 2014).
  • A. Dupont Delaleuf*, K. Michelaki, and C. Maurin*. Exploring the infrastructure and logic of wheel-fashioning in comparison to coiling and wheel-throwing: An experimental approach. As the Wheel Turns: Potters’ Communities in Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean (May 2014).
  • S. Kelly and K. Michelaki. PreClassic to Classic period shifts in the economic participation of women in Hohokam society. Society for American Archaeology (Apr 2014).
  • K. Michelaki and R. Toon. ‘Until they grow legs and start running around’: Exploring resistance to material agency in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Faculty Seminar Series, Institute for Humanities Research, ASU (Jan 2014).
  • S. Kelly and K. Michelaki. Home is as we make it: Bronze Age pottery production and taskscapes in southwestern Calabria, Italy. American Anthropological Association (Nov 2013).
  • K. Michelaki. Long-term ceramic taskscapes: Examining materials, tasks and skill in prehistoric Calabria, Italy. American Anthropological Association (Nov 2013).
  • K. Michelaki and S. Lopez Varela. Ceramic Ecology XXVI: Current Ceramic Research 2012. Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Nov 2012).
  • K. Michelaki and T. Scarlett. Ceramic Dating: The Promise and Challenges of Ceramic Rehydroxylation Dating. Ceramic Ecology Session, American Anthropological Association (Nov 2012).
  • K. Michelaki. Tracing Prehistoric Clay Taskscapes: a Case from Calabria. Invited colloquium at Material Culture Laboratory, Cambridge University, England (Oct 2012).
  • K. Michelaki. Introduction to the Panel Discussion: The Future of Ceramic Studies. Ceramic Ecology Session, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Nov 2011).
  • K. Michelaki. Prehistoric Calabrian Potters in their Landscape: Current Results from the Analysis of Geological Clays and Archaeological Ceramics from SW Calabria, Italy. Ceramic Ecology Session, Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Nov 2010).
  • K. Michelaki. Prehistoric Calabrian Taskscapes Through Time. Insight from Innovation - Conference organized in honour of professor D.P.S. Peacock's contributions (Oct 2010).
  • K. Michelaki, J. Robb and H. Farr. Technology and Distance in Neolithic Calabria. Mobile Technologies Workshop, Fitch Laboratory, British School of Archaeology at Athens (Jun 2010).
  • R.G.V. Hancock, K. Michelaki and M.J. Hughes. On Finding Diagnostic Elements to Sort Ceramic Chemical Groups. International Symposium on Archaeometry (May 2010).
  • R.G.V. Hancock and K. Michelaki. Reassessment of Elemental Concentration Data of Sediments from the W Delta of the Nile River, Egypt. International Symposium on Archaeometry (May 2010).
  • K. Michelaki. There is Nothing Permanent Except Change: Exploring Ceramic Choice and Change in Prehistoric SW Calabria, Italy. Fitch Laboratory, British School of Archaeology at Athens, Senior Visiting Fellow Speaker Series (Mar 2010).
Service
  • Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Hiring Committee (R. Bernard), Committee Member (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Archaeological Science, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Quaternary Geochronology, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Society for American Archaeology, Regional Coordinator (Mediterranean) for Current Research Online (2013 - Present)
  • Society for American Archaeology, Regional Coordinator (Mediterranean) for Current Research Online (2013 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Editorial Board Member (2010 - Present)
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Editorial Board Member (2010 - Present)
  • Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, Elected Secretary (2012 - 2014)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Member (2012 - 2014)
  • Bova Marina Archaeological Project, Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • "Friday Conversations," Ceramic Research Center, ASU Art Museum, Presented (2011 - 2011)
  • "Science Café", Arizona Science Center, Presenter (2011 - 2011)